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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Nov-25-2006, 10:33:18 PM   #21
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Those second pics look great man. I think I'm gonna use the e39 dome lights though, I hear they line up well.
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Is it just me or does this just seem like a big waste of money? I mean really whats the big difference?

So your interior has cool lighting when you get in the car at night only and they lights only stay on for 5 seconds anyways...

Just seems like a wasted effort that could be spent else where. Just my 0.02
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Old Sun, Nov-26-2006, 01:25:13 AM   #23
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Is it just me or does this just seem like a big waste of money? I mean really whats the big difference?

So your interior has cool lighting when you get in the car at night only and they lights only stay on for 5 seconds anyways...

Just seems like a wasted effort that could be spent else where. Just my 0.02
The mood lights stay on while you drive also
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Old Sun, Nov-26-2006, 03:25:49 AM   #24
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not really my bag, but nice work anyway brett.
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Old Sun, Nov-26-2006, 03:30:12 AM   #25
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All you need is a bong.
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Is it just me or does this just seem like a big waste of money? I mean really whats the big difference?

So your interior has cool lighting when you get in the car at night only and they lights only stay on for 5 seconds anyways...

Just seems like a wasted effort that could be spent else where. Just my 0.02

Derek, the mood lights are on as soon as the key is in the ON position, and dont turn off till you pull the key out.

Waste of money? It was $20.00 + shipping... Not a huge waste to me.

Poster w/E39 dome and white lights.
You used an E39 dome light... I'm pretty sure the center switch is different, so wiring is completely different.
The white LED's were a horrible choice...

Bong boy... you're retarded
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I also want to add that if you've ever driven in a BMW with mood lighting you'll agree it's one of the best things they ever introduced to the interior.

But then again, there are a lot of things the new generation cars do better
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Old Sun, Nov-26-2006, 04:26:05 AM   #28
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didn't know they were always on... still not my cup of tea but still give you a great amount of credit brett for always looking for different mods to do!
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Poster w/E39 dome and white lights. You used an E39 dome light... I'm pretty sure the center switch is different, so wiring is completely different.
Hi poster w/E46 dome!

The dome light connector is different but otherwise it appears the center switch and general wiring will be the same, from what others have written. I will double check should someone plan to use one of my controllers on an E46 dome light, but I am willing to bet neither will need any changes.

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The white LED's were a horrible choice...
As I am sure you know from experience, consumer digital cameras are generally quite poor at rendering low-light scenes, and sometimes you don't really learn how good or bad something is until you try it. White ambient light is actually very good, particularly if you dim it to the point where things start to look a little fuzzy. I have attached another picture that starts to suggest that. Unfortunately, because of reciprocity problems, the camera can not convey how light spills out from the middle console to its edges and on to the front seats. [EDIT: The picture looked fine on my 19 inch CRT but is way too bright on this LCD. Sigh. I need to do some more color calibrations.]

Neither this picture nor our earlier ones can convey how it feels to be bathed with dim light, or in my car, with slightly cool, dim light (think moonlight). I don't think anyone should knock ambient lighting -- be it orange, white or whatever -- until they experience it!
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Those second pics look great man. I think I'm gonna use the e39 dome lights though, I hear they line up well.
It should "line up" very well if you don't have a sunroof. I had to trim back the sunroof access panel before the dome light would snug down to the roof liner, but otherwise didn't need to cut any other part of the car.

Here are some pictures to help you decide how well the e39 dome light lines up.
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